by Marc Basiliere
May 28, 2014
Purple for the people…
We don’t usually throw out production bikes for our informal nice, simple hardtail series, but given the reaction among the Singletrack crew over Niner’s new purple ROS 9, we thought we’d make an exception.
Introduced last summer, the ROS 9 (Rolls Over Sh*t… 9) is Niner’s fun, hoonable trail hardtail. Relaxed geometry and 120-140mm forks forgive imprudent line choices while short chainstays keep things from getting too unwieldy. The BioCentric bottom bracket is compatible with geared or singlespeed drivetrains and has tabs for (proprietary) bashguard mounting. Routing is provided for both internal and external dropper posts- because it’s good to have options.
A 12mm Maxle thru axle keeps that rear end tight and the brake is tucked out of harm’s way between the stays. Keeping things real, the ROS 9 is welded from dent-resistant from 4130 CrMo tubing. One of the first bikes we’ve seen so spec’d, the ROS 9 will be shipping in July with SRAM’s entriest-level X1 1×11 drivetrain, colour-matched RockShox Pike 140mm fork, Shimano Deore stoppers and a RockShox Reverb dropper.
Pricing is £900/$900 for the frame in purple, blue, or – for the look of a raw frame without the visible rust – a subdued steely grey. X1 build kit pricing has not yet been announced, but should come in on the near side of the Xo1 model’s £3,800.